The 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop is shaping up to be the richest poker tournament in history with a projected first-place prize of over $20 million.
Before the event begins, and PokerListings.com starts covering it live in Las Vegas, you need to get acquainted with the players who have a chance at poker's biggest prize ever.
Today we'll run down the 41 players who have already committed to playing, complete with photos and bios.
The Poker Pros
Daniel “Jungleman12” Cates – Dan Cates crushed high-stakes online cash games for $8.7 million in recorded profits, making him the third-biggest winner ever online.
Cates has been traveling the world to play poker for the last few years and PokerListings.com caught him at the Battle of Malta to shoot this short poker documentary.
Daniel Colman – A young poker pro from Massachusetts, Dan Colman is no stranger to big buy-in poker events.
Colman won the €100,000 buy-in Super High Roller at EPT Monte Carlo this year, pocketing over $2.1 million. Colman will be putting some of that money towards trying to snag an even bigger prize in Vegas.
Isaac Haxton – Brown University grad Isaac Haxton has been heralded by many as one of the greatest minds in poker.
He's part of PokerStars Team Online and has earned over $8.2 million playing live poker tournaments.
Greg Merson – The 2012 world champion of poker and two-time WSOP bracelet winner, Greg Merson was a successful online poker pro before transitioning to the live game.
Merson is trying to outdo the $8.5 million payday he earned for winning the 2012 WSOP Main Event.
Daniel Negreanu – With over $21 million in live tournament earnings, six WSOP bracelets and two WPT titles, Daniel Negreanu is unquestionably one of the greatest poker players in history.
Doug Polk – Known as WCGRider online, Doug Polk is regarded as one of the best high-stakes poker pros out there.
Polk took down his first gold bracelet at the WSOP this summer and said he wants to step into the spotlight in year's to come. A big result in the Big One would do just that.
Scott Seiver – Another former Brown University student, Scott Seiver has won more than $10 million playing live poker tournaments.
The 29-year-old pro has won a WSOP bracelet, a WPT title and a $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. This is his first time competing in the Big One for One Drop.
Antonio Esfandiari – Poker's leading all-time money winner, thanks in large part to his $18 million victory in the first Big One for One Drop, Antonio Esfandiari is returning in 2014 to try to go back to back.
Phil Galfond – One of the greatest online cash-game players in history, Phil Galfond has big earnings, a WSOP gold bracelet and the respect of the best players in the game.
Galfond played the first Big One for One Drop in 2012 but is still looking for his first cash in a $1 million event.
Phil Ivey – Regarded as the greatest poker player in history, Phil Ivey is definitely one of the favorites in this year's Big One for One Drop.
Ivey has nine WSOP bracelets, one WPT title and over $21 million in live tournament earnings. He could basically double that by winning this event.
Jason Mercier – In 2008 Jason Mercier exploded onto the live tournament scene with a huge win on the European Poker Tour.
In the following years he continued posting big results, including two WSOP gold bracelets, quickly becoming one of the hottest players in poker.
Vivek Rajkumar – A WPT champion and reportedly extremely successful cash-game player, Vivek Rajkumar is still looking for his first WSOP gold bracelet.
The Indian-American has 13 WSOP cashes but if he can get in the money in this event it will be by far his biggest score at the World Series of Poker.
Brian Rast – A successful cash-game and tournamnet player, Brian Rast is the proud owner of two WSOP gold bracelets, including the one he received for defeating Phil Hellmuth heads-up to win the $50,000 Poker Players Championship in 2011.
Andrew Robl - A regular in the highest-stakes cash games in the world, you may have seen Robl on Poker After Dark or High Stakes Poker.
Known more early in his career as good2cu, Robl cut his teeth online before becoming a predominately live player in the last couple of years. This is his second time competing in the Big One for One Drop.
Erik Seidel – A bona fide poker legend, Erik Seidel has eight WSOP gold bracelets and more than $20 million in live tournament earnings.
From his famous cameo in Rounders to his ongoing live tournament success, Seidel has been one of the top tournament players in the game for decades.
Sam Trickett – The leading all-time money-winner from the UK, Sam Trickett finished second to Antonio Esfandiari in the first Big One for One Drop.
Trickett recently told PokerListings.com that big buy-ins bring out the best in him and he'll have the chance to prove it in the biggest buy-in event ever.
Noah Schwartz – With over $4 million in live tournament earnings Noah Schwartz has been a regular on the live tournament circuit for years and he won his first WSOP gold bracelet just last year at the World Series of Poker Europe in Paris.
Vanessa Selbst – The first woman to ever compete in the Big One for One Drop, Vanessa Selbst is widely regarded as one of the best tournament poker players in the world, man or woman.
Selbst is a dangerous player who uses a hyper-aggressive style, meaning she'll definitely be a player to watch in the Big One for One Drop.
Jean-Robert Bellande – A dark horse in this event, Jean-Robert Bellande reportedly won his buy-in to this event in Dan Bilzerian's home game.
Bellande was on the television show Survivor and has since made a name for himself living a lavish lifestyle while simultaneously being broke, and tweeting it every step of the way.
Anthony Gregg – American poker pro Tony Gregg has an amazing track record in live tournaments.
In 2008 he finished runner up at the PCA for $1.7 million and since then he's increased his total earnings to $9.2 million. His biggest career score came last summer at the WSOP when he won the $111,111 One Drop High Roller for $4.8 million.
Philipp Gruissem – Part of a large group of German high-roller specialists playing this event, Gruissem has been an installation at final tables of big buy-in events all over the world.
Gruissem has over $9.4 million in tournament earnings, mostly from high roller events. He's also pledged a percentage of his poker winnings to charity as part of the effective altruism movement.
Fabian Quoss – Another young, German high-roller champion, Fabian Quoss has an impressively consistent record at live events stretching back to 2008.
Quoss came second in a $5k No-Limit event at his first WSOP in 2009 for $427k and won the English Poker Open in London the following year for $340k.
From there his results have only gotten bigger and so far he's racked up over $5.7 million in earnings.
Max Altergott – A relative newcomer to live poker, Max Altergott hit the ground running by winning the first live tournament he had every played.
Even more amazingly, it was a $100k Super High Roller with a $2.2 million first-place prize.
Tobias Reinkemeier – With $7.5 million in live tournament earnings and a live poker résumé stretching back to 2007, German Tobias Reinkemeier is a dangerous player.
Reinkemeier has made a career of crushing high roller events, experience that will serve him well in the Big One for One Drop.
Igor Kurganov – Another German poker pro with over $7.5 million in live tournaments, Igor Kurganov has had three seven-figure scores in the last three years in big buy-in tournaments.
Christoph Vogelsang – Yet another German pro well-acquainted with betting huge sums of money, Christoph Vogelsang has made more money online than he has live.
Vogelsang plays on Full Tilt Poker as Tight-Man1 and on PokerStars as 26071985. Between the two accounts he's profited close to $3 million since online tracking began.
Niklas Heinecker – The final German pro on our list, Niklas Heinecker has been playing live tournaments since 2006.
He made the top 80 in the 2007 WSOP Main Event for $106k and didn't have another big score until last year when he won the GuangDong Asia Millions in Macau for $4.45 million.
The Wealthy Businessmen
Guy Laliberté - Founder of Cirque de Soleil, Guy Laliberté started out as a street performer in Montreal, Canada.
Since then he’s grown his circus into billion-dollar international business empite that's been seen by more than 90 million people,
And if that wasn't enough, he's also been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young and taken a vacation into space.
Bobby Baldwin – Former world champion of poker, President of the Golden Nugget, Bellagio and Mirage and a casino industry fixture for the last 30 years, Bobby Baldwin is a legend in the poker world.
There’s a reason the high-stakes room at Bellagio in Las Vegas is called “Bobby’s Room”.
David Einhorn – Another wealthy businessman, David Einhorn has more WSOP experience than many of his amateur peers.
Einhorn finished 18th in the 2006 Main Event for a healthy $659,730, and third in the original Big One for One Drop in 2012 for $4.35 million. Einhorn is incredibly philanthropic and has pledged 100 per cent of his poker tournament earnings to charity.
Brandon Steven – A businessman from Wichita, Kansas, Brandon Steven has competing at the WSOP for years.
He played the original Big One for One Drop and also bubbled the final table of the Main Event in 2010.
Tom Hall – The man they call “Hong Kong Tom” is a fixture in Asian poker and has been known to play in some of the biggest games in Macau.
Hall has only cashed at the WSOP once before, when the series went to Australia in 2013, but he's looking to change that in a big way this summer.
Paul Newey – Wealthy UK businessman Paul Newey sold his debt-consolidation business in 2006 for a reported £200 million and has been a regular in some of London's biggest cash games for years.
Newey competed in the first Big One for One Drop but fell short of the cash. He's hoping to change that this time around.
Bill Perkins – A businessman and recreational poker player from Houston, Bill Perkins has become a regular on the Super High Roller circuit in the last few years.
Talal Shakerchi – The manager of $3 billion hedge fund Meditor Capital in the UK, Talal Shakerchi has no fear of high-stakes poker.
He infamously dropped €1 million in a single session in Monte Carlo and also competed in the first Big One for One Drop in 2012.
John Morgan – The CEO of Winmark Corporation in Minnesota, amatuer poker player John Morgan is returning to the Big One for One Drop after competing in the inaugural event in 2012.
Morgan is one of the players expected to donate much of his winnings to charity should he cash in this event.
Aria Resort Satellite Seat – One seat to the 2014 Big One for One Drop will be awarded at a live satellite at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas.
Bellagio Resort Satellite Seat – One seat to the 2014 Big One for One Drop will be awarded at a live satellite at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas.
World Series of Poker Satellite Seat – One seat to the 2014 Big One for One Drop will be awarded at a live satellite at the World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Tune in June 29 to follow the action live from the 2014 $1m Big One for One Drop.